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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Trading News - Disciplined or Daft?

For my trading buddies (if any of you read this) - comments required!!!

Traded short on the Dow yesterday, once trade was in profit stoploss set to give me 10% of bank with limit buy at 15%. Idea being that 10% month is my target, 15% gives me a little security blanket for those days/trades when it all goes t*ts. I got my 15% . . . . . . . .all is well in the world. . . . . . . . . but this morning it was another 30 pts down and I had a September trade as I like to get my 10% in one trade!

Question: Was setting the limit of 15% a good disciplined move, or was I daft and should have had the patience to sit it out, with the possiblility of stopping out at my 10% profit if it went wrong?

I feel I was right in setting the limit buy at 15%, but I'd like someone to make me feel better about it??? Any takers????? :)

"Knitting News"

Firstly, my finished trainer socks - aren't they cute!! - Knitted toe-up with a wrapped short-row toe and heel and a beaded rib pattern on the top with a plain sole on 4 DPN's. Pattern sort of cobbled together but mostly from Sensational Knitted Socks, with oddments of sock yarn left from another project.

Secondly, the cleverest pattern ever (!) is my non Apolcalypse Hoodie from Ysolda. The pattern is knitted top down and thus far in one piece. I was just trying it on (how cool is that - to be able to try the top of a jumper on!) to see if the sleeves are big enough as from here on down the sleeves are left behind on stitch holders and the body is knitted in one piece. The pattern was originally for a cardigan, but I am going to join the fronts where I am now and make a V-neck - absolutely no sewing, double cool!!!!!! ;) Photo obviously isn't very cool, but it's really hard to get yourself in the right place for a self-timed photo, and hold the front of the jumper together to get some idea of where it all goes!!! Still, you get the idea!!!!

Don't forget you can click on any of my photos to get better, bigger and sometimes more frightening pictures!!!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

At least we won the footie

Firstly, I would like to say that anyone who was expecting us at the Abersoch Jazz festival was quite right we should have been there!!!! Unfortunately, a whole heap of things conspired to keep us away and so we missed you all!!! - The only good thing is that 5 1/2 hours in the car in the heat of this last week would have been torture!!!!! I hope you all had fun and had a beer for us!

I'd also like to say happy 40th to Mrs R. Having realised the jazz wasn't going to happen, I did envisage making it to your party, but again the world had other ideas and it just wasn't possible! - Hope you had a fabulous time and that the hangover wasn't too bad!

So, the Brits in the grand prix were, frankly, a wash-out! The race wasn't as exciting as others have been which was a shame because Silverstone is a great circuit, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The footie was great for the first half. . . . I did find myself reaching for my knitting the second half though as it all got a bit "tired". Still, we won which is what counts.

On the crafting front I have carded some of my jacobs fleece ready for spinning. It's a long and boring process to be honest, although the feel of the wool when it is combed through and becomes all soft and whispy is great. Quite sensual!!!!! (If you like that kind of thing!) I also pretty much finished the ribbon vest top thing, just need to crochet the ties and work out where the heck to attach them! Also the trainer socks were finished. I also started a hoodie in my colinette isis. I'm changing Ysolde's pattern a bit, as her's is a cardigan and I'm going to make a v-neck, but it is giving me a basis to start. Really clever pattern, it's knit from the top down, with no seams - YAY! The isis is a pig to knit to be honest. It has no give whatsoever and is hard to see the stitches. But when it's knitted up it's like the softest towelling you can imagine, so I think a nice soft hoodie for lounging around the house, or putting on after a shower or on a cold evening, is the way to go!

So, here we are at the beginning of another week. I have to work this week (ugh) and also it's time to think about this month's trade - if anyone out there trades the Dow and has a clue what it will do next, please let me know!!!!! (now if we knew that life would be soooo easy eh?!)